What Can Paper Airplanes Teach Us?

Can a paper airplane help us understand the most efficient design for a real airplane? The fourth graders tried to answer this question in our weekly science lab with Mrs. Galati.

Students were given two different paper airplane designs (one long and narrow, the other short and wide) to cut and fold. They then had to form a hypothesis about which plane would fly the farthest. To test their hypothesis, they let their airplanes fly from a pre-measured station and collected and recorded their data. Once data was collected, they tried to interpret their results and state their conclusions.

So which model was most efficient? You’ll have to ask a fourth grader to find out!

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